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Caldor Fire burns closer to Strawberry | Evacuations, maps, updates

Fire crews conducted tactical burns around Strawberry as they are preparing for the Caldor Fire's approach.

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — For Aug. 29's Caldor Fire updates, click HERE.

Firefighters battling the stubborn Caldor Fire near the Lake Tahoe region are dealing with harsh weather conditions that make fighting the fire nearly impossible. 

Firefighters faced a critical day in efforts to prevent a massive California wildfire from reaching the Lake Tahoe resort region.

The Caldor Fire churned through mountains just southwest of the Tahoe Basin, cloaking much of the popular tourist area in toxic smoke.

On Saturday fire crews conducted tactical burns around Strawberry as they are preparing for the Caldor Fire's approach.  As of 6:30 Saturday evening it seems to have worked, reported ABC10 Luke Cleary.

WATCH: Tactical burn in Strawberry:

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch for the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades from Monday through Tuesday citing gusty southwesterly winds with a combination of dry conditions.

Hot winds gusting at up to 35 mph were forecast for Saturday, raising concerns that winds could spread the embers from the tops of bone-dry trees and spark new fires. Cal Fire Capt. Stephen Horner says Saturday will be "a very pivotal day."  

Here are some takeaways Cal Fire provided in their update on Saturday:  

  • The Caldor Fire still hasn't reached Mount Aukum.
  • There are 18,347 structures threatened by the Caldor Fire. 
  • The Caldor Fire is burning in an area that has almost no fire history before 1940.
  • An inversion layer is expected to sit in, which is described as similar to a lid being removed from a frying pan. This is expecting the fire activity to increase once that happens.

WATCH: Cal Fire provides an update on the Caldor Fire   

Community Meeting August 28, 2021

Caldor Fire Update

Posted by CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Because the Caldor Fire has proven to be so difficult to fight fire managers pushed back the projected date for full containment from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8. 

Improvements to air quality aren't expected until onshore winds push smoke east Sunday evening Meteorologist Carly Gomez said.

The Caldor Fire has scorched nearly 225 square miles of Sierra Nevada forest since Aug. 14. The fire burned about 149,684 acres and is 19% contained. 

RELATED: Caldor Fire concerns shifting as weather pattern changes once again | Carly's fire weather update

Evacuations and Road Closures

Click HERE for in-depth evacuation orders and warnings in El Dorado County. For evacuation orders and warnings in Amador County, click HERE for the Amador County Sheriff's Facebook page and HERE for their website. For current state highway/route information visit roads.dot.ca.gov.

Evacuation centers

  • Shelter Green Valley Community Church, Placerville, CA
  • Shelter- FULL // Cameron Park CSD, Cameron Park, CA
  • Temporary Evacuation Point // Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, CA
  • Evelynn Bishop Hall, Ione, CA
  • Rolling Hills Church, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Douglas County Community Center, Gardnerville, NV

Animal Evacuation Centers:

  • El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals), Diamond Springs, CA. For animal evacuation questions or assistance call (530) 621-5795
  • Saureel Vineyards (large animals)- FULL,  Placerville, CA
  • Amador County Fairgrounds (large animal)- for Amador County residents only, Plymouth, CA

Accounts to follow

Evacuation Maps

A map of evacuations from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is available below.

Wildfire map

Click here for a map of the Caldor Fire.

Structure Damage Map  

A map of structural damage from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is available below. 

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Wildfire Preps

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you're a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

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